Intersex Day of Remembrance 2017
Today is the birthday of Adélaïde Herculine Barbin alias Alexina alias Camille alias Abel Barbin – celebrated as Intersex Day of Remembrance around the world. Last year, my contribution to this day was a blogpost on the famous autobiography, its textual history, and the (various) names of the author (https://intersex.hypotheses.org/4501). This year, I take the opportunity to announce that the blog is back and will publish a number of articles on ambigiously sexed bodies in history. Marion Hulverscheidt will write about “N. O. Body – Aus eines Mannes Mädchenjahren”, another autobiography by an intersex person (Martha alias Karl Baer alias Nora/Norbert alias Anna Laabs), but much less known compared to the one Foucault made famous almost forty years ago.
I have started the blog convinced that to write a history of ‘hermaphrodites’ and intersex, it takes the whole breath of primacy sources from the past. Fortunately, there are very many such sources, some hidden in the archives, others readily available in every library, some that need to published, others that cry for re-interpretation. This blog will continue to make them available, and everyone who wants share their findings, or ask questions, is more than welcome; or just discover what is already there: among other things, texts and translations from Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Early Modern Times, from the 19th, the 20th and indeed the 21st centuries.
Yet first all, a Happy Intersex Day of Remembrance to everyone. It is good to see that this day is celebrated, and that intersex people are more and more visible – not only on this day.